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Meribel

 

Lying at the centre of the huge Trois Vallees area, Meribel provides a fantastic base to explore the 600kms of pistes set within the world’s largest ski area. Founded by the British Colonel Peter Lindsay in 1938 Meribel has managed to retain its alpine charm better than most French resorts, with wood and stone chalets sitting amongst other tasteful architecture.

Meribel PisteThe resort is made up of two main villages, Meribel and Meribel-Mottaret. Meribel itself is the larger of the two and remains one of the most tastefully designed of all the French purpose built resorts. It hosts the main shopping, restaurant and bar areas in resort as well.

Mottaret was developed in the 1970s and sits an additional 4kms up the valley at an altitude of 1700m. It is a pleasant little village which benefits from quick lift access to Val Thorens and is connected to the Meribel centre by a free bus service. There are more apartment style buildings in Mottaret, but they still retain a wooden-clad design and are far nicer than in many other 1970s ski resorts. Unfortunately the village doesn’t have a real centre which gives it a certain lack of cohesion, but the fact that the majority of accommodation is ski-in and ski-out more than makes up for this for most visitors.

Le Allues is a more traditional village set at 1100m. Although small it still has all the local amenities you could need. There is a public bus service linking it with Meribel, and the Olympe gondola gives skiers access to all the best runs within the Trois Vallees.

Meribel has always been popular with tourists and has everything needed for an enjoyable ski holiday. The local area features 15 gondolas and 19 chairlifts which give access to an incredible amount of slopes and terrain within the Trois Vallees. These are almost all fast, modern lifts which have few queue problems except at peak times.

Meribel At NightIt’s not the most ski-sure area due to a slightly lower altitude as well as a majority of sun-facing slopes which can become slushy in the afternoons. Artificial snowmaking and piste maintenance is excellent though and there are also a good number of sheltered spots to use in bad weather.

Facilities for children are impressive, and the whole Trois Vallees ski area has a wide range of runs for beginners and intermediates, with access to a huge amount of off-piste terrain. There are also two decent snow parks, 2 half-pipes and a boarder-cross course.

There is a lively apres-ski scene in Meribel, as well as a good selection of restaurants and bars. The Olympic centre also has an ice-rink, bowling, climbing facilities, and a swimming pool.

 

All our shared buses stop at the Car Park Ravine in Meribel, and the Telecabine Mid Station in Meribel-Mottaret, both of which are conveniently located for all accommodation within the resorts. We also have a pick-up in the neighbouring resort of Les Allues - at the car park below the church.

All transfer buses for Meribel and neighbouring resorts run on both Saturdays and Sundays and can go to either Chambery or Geneva airports.